Exploring the mystery of colic & steps for successfully soothing your baby
There is great mystery that surrounds what causes colic in little babies. Watching your little one wriggle and cry in pain due to the wind and abdominal pain caused by colic can be gut-wrenching.
However, some simple steps can make your baby much more comfortable during these painful bouts.
During periods of colic, a baby may fuss, cry or be unsettled for long periods of time, especially in the late afternoon and evening.
Some researchers suggest that a baby’s cries cause wind which then causes more pain in their little tummies so that colic can feel like a vicious cycle.
Fortunately, there are ways to help soothe your baby’s colic, settle sore tummies and promote better sleep.
We have compiled some quick & easy tips that will hopefully soothe your child during bouts of colic:
- Swaddle your child and wrap him tight. Some babies respond well to this feeling.
- Hold your baby in a ‘colic carry’ which is when his stomach rests on your forearm, and his head is supported in the palm of your hand. This can sometimes help relieve an infants pain.
- Reduce outside stimulation.
- Give your baby a gentle massage. This can also help them to relax and release pent-up gas.
- Give your baby a warm bath which will provide her with some relief.
- Lay your baby on their back and pedal their legs, gently. This motion will help to release gas.
Try a calming tea
Additionally, you may also like to try our own Mother’s Love tea.
With a calming and soothing effect on mothers and their babies digestive systems, this tea blend incorporates a range of beneficial ingredients such as caraway and aniseed which help relieve the spasm of involuntary muscles in the stomach, and fennel, which can be calming and soothing to tummies.
A beautiful blend of herbal teas created by Clean Tea, Mother’s Love tea can assist with wind pain caused by colic and also help aid in the production of breastmilk for mothers, and comes from our range of teas suitable to drink at any stage of pregnancy or breastfeeding.